Minutes May 22, 2012

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners

Meeting of May 22, 2012

 

The Board of County Commissioners of Wabasha County, Minnesota, convened in Regular Session at the Wabasha County Courthouse, in the City of Wabasha, Minnesota on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

 

The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Harms.

 

The following Commissioners were present: Hall, Wobbe, Harms, Roschen, Norman,

 

WOBBE - HALL

Motion to approve the agenda after removing items D and F: Highway Annual Report and Road & Bridge Improvement Plan.

Adopted Unanimously

HALL –

Motion to approve the consent agenda as stated.

Failed for Lack of a Second.

ROSCHEN - NORMAN

Motion to approve the consent agenda after removing Government Study Commission minutes for April 12, 2012.

Claims

Meal Vouchers

SSIS Claims

Minutes: Government Study Commission meeting, April 12, 2012; Board of Commissioners' meeting, May 8, 2012

Donations: $100 from Gerald Hassig to Sheriff's Office; $250 from Wabasha Rotary Club to Youth Link Mentorship Program; $100 from anonymous donor to offset cost of hiring an outside attorney.

Nay: Wobbe, Hall

Adopted

WOBBE - HALL

Resolution No.: 2011-090

Whereas, Projects SAP 079-608-012 – Grading, Watermain, Sanitary Sewer, Agg. Base and Surfacing on CSAH 8 in Plainview with any and/or all Supplemental Agreements, Change Orders or Work Orders, has been completed.

Now Therefore be it Resolved by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer be authorized to issue a warrant for final payment to Blitzon LLC/Olmsted National Bank in the amount of $38,223.35.

Adopted Unanimously

ROSCHEN - NORMAN

Resolution No.: 2012-091

Whereas, currently there is no emergency system available in the Services Building; and

Whereas, for the safety of the employees, it is the desire of the Wabasha County Board to install a system in the Services Building that allows employees to push a button to alert dispatch that they are in need of law enforcement assistance; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board has received a quote of $1,775 from Custom Alarm of Winona for such a system;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that;

Custom Alarm install 4 emergency buttons in the Services Building and that funding for this project be taken from the South Country Health Alliance fund.

Adopted Unanimously

NORMAN - HALL

Resolution No.: 2012-092

Whereas, Wabasha County Public Health has in the past paid physician clinics for Tuberculosis diagnostic testing for indigent persons, and

Whereas, Olmsted County Public Health Tuberculosis clinic is now offering to perform this diagnostic testing at no cost to Wabasha County Public Health, other than interpret costs if needed, or to clients who have no insurance to bill, and

Whereas, Olmsted County Public Health staffs their Tuberculosis Clinic with physicians who have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis;

Now Therefore be it Resolved, by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that;

Wabasha County Public Health signs a 2 year service agreement with Olmsted County Public Health to allow Wabasha County residents access to the Olmsted County Public Health Tuberculosis Clinic.

Adopted Unanimously

NORMAN – ROSCHEN

Resolution No.: 2012-093

Whereas, on February 16, 2010 the Wabasha County Board issued a resolution authorizing the establishment of the Lake Zumbro Improvement District (LZID); and

Whereas, the effective dates for the LZID differ (February 1, 2011 for Olmsted County and March 1, 2011 for Wabasha County) demonstrating the individuality of the counties; and

Whereas, there has not been acceptable operational guidelines or governance agreements established for the LZID after thirteen months and numerous efforts by Wabasha County to do so; and

Whereas, 64% of affected Wabasha County property owners in the LZID oppose this additional tax assessment; and

Whereas, Lake Zumbro residents currently pay higher property taxes for the amenity of living on the lake; and

Whereas, Lake Zumbro residents already pay the 3/8's Legacy Amendment Tax for the Clean Water Fund; and

Whereas, there have been state bonding revenues requested despite the absence of a LZID governance agreement and an approved LZID assessment from the Wabasha County Board; and

Whereas, the DNR Advisory Report has stated, "Without reducing input, any goals achieved through the dredging project will be temporary. Reduction in sediment input can only be effectively pursued at the watershed level."; and

Whereas, portions of Dodge, Steele and Goodhue Counties are included in the Lake Zumbro Watershed and should be included in the multi-county LZID per Minnesota Rules part 6115.0920 subpart 5; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board desires to re-evaluate the district boundaries to ensure appropriate public representation and the equitable distribution of benefits and levying of costs; and

Whereas, inconsistent practices were applied during the determination process for the LZID property inclusion; and

Whereas, the 2010 flood has contributed to additional Lake Zumbro sediment issues; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board provided a required 30 day notice to Olmsted County on April 16, 2012 indicating our desire and intent to withdraw from the joint powers board; and

Whereas, the elimination of the LZID would ensure that no costs are assessed to Wabasha County properties within the district,

Whereas, the elimination of the LZID would ensure that no service or usage fees are imposed on Wabasha County citizens who intend to utilize Lake Zumbro within Wabasha County;

Whereas, by Statute the LZID is required to prepare and file an annual report with multiple agencies, which as of this date, it does not appear have been fulfilled; and

Whereas, termination of the LZID would eliminate a political subdivision that has currently been neglected by its members;

Whereas, the termination of the LZID would eliminate the potential for administrative overhead and potential legal obligations that come from the LIZD's political subdivision status,

Whereas, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners makes the following findings of fact:

1. Maintaining the Lake Zumbro Improvement District is no longer in the public interest.

2. Maintaining the Lake Zumbro Improvement District is not needed to accomplish the stated purpose of the Lake Zumbro Improvement District.

3. Other legal options exist to accomplish the original purpose of the Lake Zumbro Improvement District.

Now therefore be it resolved, it is hereby ordered by the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners that the Lake Zumbro Improvement Disrict is terminated. A copy of this termination resolution shall be filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in accordance with Minnesota Statues 103B.581,subdivision 2.

Nay: Hall, Wobbe

Adopted

 

By consensus, the Board of Commissioners agreed to fill the 4-H Program Coordinator position left vacant after the resignation of current coordinator.

 

ROSCHEN - NORMAN

Resolution No: 2012-094

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board has abolished the administrator position; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board has identified administrative and human resource concerns that would be best managed by a full time County Coordinator; and

Whereas, the Wabasha County Board anticipates an off-setting reduction in overall payroll resulting from the Early Retirement Incentive Program; and

Whereas, the severance benefit for the previous administrator position has come to a close resulting in considerable savings to Wabasha County; and

Whereas, the hiring of a County Coordinator vs. an Administrator position will reduce administrative salaries by approximately $40,000 annually; and

Now therefore be it resolved, the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes the hiring of a full time County Coordinator with the detailed job description distinguished herein as Exhibit A; and

Be it further resolved, the County Coordinator will enter employment with Wabasha County with a starting salary range of $52,500 to $54,000; and

Be it finally resolved, the County Coordinator employment advertising will be run the week of May 28th, in the following publications: The Lake City Graphic, The Wabasha Herald, The Plainview News, The Zumbrota News Record, The Red Wing Republican Eagle, The Winona Daily News, The Winona Post, The Association of Minnesota Counties web (http://www.mncounties.org/employment.html) and the local job service. The size of the ad will be no greater than 5" X 4". The advertising language for this position is distinguished herein as Exhibit B. Applications will be accepted May 29th through June 11th by Laura Kreofsky in person, fax, or email. On June 12th all applications will be turned into the Board Chairman. The Board Chair will appoint one additional Commissioner to screen the applicant pool and make selections for interviews. The formal interviews and final selection for hiring will be carried out by the full Wabasha County Board on June 16th in the Wabasha County Board Room. Candidates will be ranked and the applicant with the highest ranking will be offered the position contingent on them successfully passing any pre-employment requirements per county policy. If necessary, subsequent applicants will be offered the position based on their rank standing. The start date for this at-will position will be July 2, 2012.

Nay: Wobbe, Hall

Adopted

ROSCHEN - HALL

Resolution No.: 2012-095

Whereas, Wabasha County Probation will have an vacancy of Administrative Assistant, effective 6/29/12, upon the retirement of Cheryl Stark who has been with the department for 24 years; and

Whereas, the filling of this vacancy will result in a budget savings in 2012 and future years as a replacement will likely be hired at a salary less than the current employee, consistent with the intentions of the "Early Retirement Incentive" philosophy; and

Whereas, the Courthouse Union (per Jim Dahling) has agreed to reduce the above referenced position to a "Grade 7" (previously an 8) as long as the position remains full-time; and

Whereas, the filling of this vacancy is necessary to keep daily operations moving; and

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners authorizes the Probation Director to advertise and fill the Probation Administrative Assistant position immediately.

Adopted Unanimously

 

Commissioners reported on meetings they attended.

 

ROSCHEN - HALL

Motion to adjourn.

Adopted Unanimously

Agenda for this meeting

 

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